South African lions eat ‘poacher’, leaving just his head

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE BBC)

 

South African lions eat ‘poacher’, leaving just his head

A lion stretches out by the Luvuvhu river in Kruger National Park, South AfricaImage copyrightCAMERON SPENCER/GETTY IMAGES
Image captionLocal police said the lions ate almost all of the man’s body (file picture)

A suspected big cat poacher has been eaten by lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police say.

The animals left little behind, but some body parts were found over the weekend at a game park near Hoedspruit.

“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.

“They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.”

Police have not yet established the victim’s identity. A loaded hunting rifle and ammunition were found next to the body, South African website Eyewitness News reports.

Lion poaching has been on the rise in Limpopo province in recent years.

The big cats’ body parts are sometimes used in traditional medicine, both within Africa and beyond.

Wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation says lion bones and other body parts are increasingly sought-after in South East Asia, where they are sometimes used as a substitute for tiger bones.

In January 2017, three male lions were found poisoned in Limpopo with their paws and heads cut off.

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Because Of Article About Impossible Large Bird Spotted: This Article

BECAUSE OF ARTICLE FROM JUNEAU EMPIRE NEWSPAPER I JUST POSTED:THIS ARTICLE

 

Just a few moments ago I posted an article from the Juneau Alaska newspaper about an ‘impossibly large bird spotted’.  What I am going to tell you about is a personal experience I had back in about March of 2010. Because of my health issues I had to retire from being an ‘over the road’, ‘OTR’ truck driver, I job I spent basically all of my adult life doing. I never mentioned this event to anyone before quite frankly because I really didn’t have anyone to tell and it is n’t a story that I had any proof of anyway. So, believe it or not, that is up to you.

 

     I did a lot of loads that went from the mid-Atlantic states up into the North-West. I always enjoyed the longer runs because I could plan my trips out into driving sections of time where I enjoyed driving the most. When ever it was possible I enjoyed driving all nigh and sleeping from about 7-AM to 2 or 3-PM. Doing this meant that I could drive while there was less traffic on the roads, quieter, and safer. One early morning (about 4-5 AM local time) I was driving North-West on the two lane called Route 30 in NW Wyoming. This route cuts in just west of Little America Wyoming and takes you up into South-East Idaho, just a little south of the University of Idaho. This morning I was the only traffic in either direction and I was not yet to Cokeville Wyoming which was in a very vacant part of the road. This morning what got my attention was a large shadow of a flapping wing that stayed with me for about 5 flaps, or about 12-15 seconds. The wing flaps/shadow were on my drivers side just in front of me. The wing flaps were staying barely not in the beam of my headlights, as if it was pacing me, yet when it flapped you could see the shadow of the (right) wing. Folks, I was doing about 55 MPH, give or take about 5 MPH. I remember thinking to my self ‘how in the hell’, simply because, what kind of bird could have been that big because it was obvious that it was a whole lot bigger than an Eagle.

 

Then about 30 seconds later I got another shock. This time the same exact thing happened to me except, the wing shadow was on the passenger side of the truck and it stayed with me for about the same 12-15 seconds while I was still doing about 55 or so MPH. In both cases it had seemed as though the bird pealed off out of my light beam. In both cases I remember having the thought that it just wasn’t able to keep up any longer. At first I remember thinking that how did that bird do that, going from one side of the truck to the other. This would have meant that this bird would have been with me for about a full 60 seconds with me driving 50-60 MPH. My thoughts were, that’s just not possible. This is besides the fact that I had/have no doubt at all that this was a bird because of the flapping of its wings and even the shape of the shadows were of the curvature of a big birds wings plus the fact that I could sense the movement of large feathers on the curvature of those wings as they flapped. Then another reality struck me, that couldn’t have been one bird, it had to have been two different ones. One bird, especially one that size couldn’t have possible have been on my left, fade off to the left away from the truck then reappeared after about 30 seconds then reappear on my right side and stayed with me about another 15 seconds before it turned off to my/its right. In case you may be thinking that a bird may have been able to have picked up speed coming down off of a mountain making it possible to be able to go that fast for that long, this is an almost totally flat region of highway landscape, no mountains there.

 

So, go figure, think what you wish, that’s my story, believe what you want. I probably drove that stretch of road about 100 times through the years, I never had that happen to me any other time. Reading the fore mentioned story from the Juneau Alaska paper made me think back to the event. All that I know is that those two birds had massive wings and I have seen Eagles many times in my life and I know that these birds wings were way bigger that that of an Eagle. What kind of birds were they, I have no idea.

 

 

Impossibly large bird spotted in Mendenhall Valley (S.E. Alaska)

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Impossibly large bird spotted in Mendenhall Valley

This is not the bird mentioned in this story. (123rf.com Stock Photo)

According to several eyewitness reports, a bird with a wingspan nearly the width of Mendenhall Loop Road has been spotted in the Mendenhall Valley.

The cryptozoological curiosity stems from a post in the popular Facebook page “Juneau Community Collective,” brought to the attention of the Empire by several readers. The Empire couldn’t track down a clear explanation of what the bird was, but we did talk to some bird experts and did a little digging on similar sightings from around Alaska.

Here’s the original post, from eyewitness Tabitha Bauer:

“Attn; I was just driving by the movie theater in the Valley and there was a huge black bird flying above the road. The wingspan had to be at-least 20 feet, it was almost as wide as the road. I have lived here all my life and have never seen anything like that, it freaked me out. It was not a raven or an eagle. This isn’t a joke. This thing was HUGE, almost the size of a small airplane. Did anyone else see it?”

The sighting was backed up by several others in a long comment thread on the post. Some were poking fun at the idea of a thunderbird or pterodactyl in the valley, but others weren’t so skeptical.

Bauer, recounting the sighting to the Empire a few days after spotting the bird, said it was “like an eagle, but five times as big.” She couldn’t think of any other way to describe the odd encounter.

She spotted it around 4 p.m. on Jan. 16, what would have been dusk. Bauer was driving to the bank, alone in her car.

“Right before the movie theater, I looked ahead of me and it was towards Superbear direction,” Bauer said, referencing the grocery store in the Mendenhall Mall and Gross Alaska Theatre’s Glacier Cinema.

There was rain on her windshield, so she turned on her wipers to clear the view.

That was when she saw a massive, jet-black bird with a short tail flying level with the treetops over Mendenhall Loop Road toward her. Bauer said the bird flapped its wings, soared a little higher, and flew at a fast clip over her car about 50 feet in the air.

“I looked up and right at that point, there was a gigantic, huge black bird flying right above my truck. It was basically following the roadway along the treetops.

“I slowed down to try to get a better look at it. It was heading toward the glacier, the wingspan was almost as wide as the road,” Bauer said, adding, “It was the biggest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It was very concerning. I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Bauer said that it definitely had feathers, but she couldn’t make out a beak.

“The body of it itself had to have been six to eight feet,” Bauer said. “I know it sounds nuts — I’ve been getting a lot of crap on Facebook about it like I am crazy — but I wanted to post it in case anyone else had seen it.”

Another woman, who asked that the Empire use only her first name, Diane, said she saw something very similar — this time perched, or attempting to perch, in a tree near her house late at night a few years ago.

Diane went out to smoke a cigarette at her Lemon Creek home and noticed that all the birds in the area were excited.

“All you heard was the whooshing sound in my tree. I went inside and grabbed a flashlight. It was so large, I couldn’t even get an outline of what type of bird it was,” Diane said.

Diane noticed downed branches littered her yard in the morning.

“That sounds crazy, but it was huge,” she said. “I don’t even go camping anymore.”

Similar sightings

Both of these accounts sound similar to a national headline-making event in 2002, when a very large bird was spotted in Southcentral Alaska.

A heavy equipment operator from Togiak spotted the bird then.

“At first I thought it was one of those old-time Otter planes,” the Alaska Dispatch News (now the Anchorage Daily News) quoted Moses Coupchiak, 43, a heavy equipment operator from Togiak, as saying. “Instead of continuing toward me, it banked to the left, and that’s when I noticed it wasn’t a plane.”

So what could this be? It’s debatable what the biggest bird in Alaska is, but one candidate is the black-footed albatross, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service raptor biologist Steve Lewis said. They can have a wingspan of 6-8 feet.

But it’s highly unlikely an albatross would venture into the valley. Strong winds can sometimes blow an albatross inland, but they’re generally ocean-going birds that stick to the coast, Lewis said.

“Over the water there’s a potential to see something that may have wings like an albatross, but wouldn’t be jet black and wouldn’t be over the valley at all,” Lewis said.

The Stellar’s eagle is another candidate. Like the black-footed albatross, those can have a wingspan of 6-8 feet. They generally don’t venture as far north as Juneau, but as recently as the 1990s they were consistently spotted only a few miles from Juneau on the Taku River, near Canada.

A third, and more likely explanation is that the bird was an immature female bald eagle. Those are the largest birds that are frequently in the area, Lewis said. Young bald eagles have bigger feathers than older eagles, he explained, which aid them as they learn to fly and can make them look larger than they are.

Female bald eagles are generally larger than their male counterparts, Lewis added. Their job in a mating pair is to defend the nest, so it helps to be big and imposing to scare off potential nest robbers.

Bauer and Diane were both adamant about the size of the bird, so neither the albatross, Steller’s eagle or immature female bald eagle squares with their account. They’re both too small and the wrong colors.

The Federal Aviation Administration didn’t return calls to this story, but since both eyewitnesses described seeing this thing flap its wings, it’s unlikely it was a glider or a large drone, by their accounts.


• Contact reporter Kevin Gullufsen at 523-2228 or[email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @KevinGullufsen.

Racer Snakes – The Demons Of Planet Earth II

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WEBSITE ‘THE CONVERSATION’)

(I WAS WATCHING A PROGRAM ON NETFLIX THIS EVENING CALLED PLANET EARTH II, THIS IS WHAT MADE ME LOOK THIS SNAKE UP AND TO PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO YOU.)

 

In defence of racer snakes – the demons of Planet Earth II (they’re only after a meal)

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It’s the stuff of nightmares: a rockface that comes alive with a writhing mass of snapping serpents seemingly hellbent on working together to capture and consume a defenceless young marine iguana. This jaw-dropping scene aired as part of the new series of the BBC’s flagship natural history programme, Planet Earth II, and seems to have captured the imagination of millions.

Racer snakes are right bast

 

Filmed on Fernandina Island in the Galápagos, the Galápagos Racer (Philodryas biserialis) is a slim, fast-moving, mildly venomous snake that reaches lengths of up to 120cm. They were filmed during their best feeding opportunity of the year, as young iguanas are born and make a dash for the safety of the higher rocks above. Snake eyesight has evolved to quickly detect movement – and once they spot a target, their reactions can appear highly aggressive and relentless in pursuit.

It’s all too easy to demonise the snake, and for years that’s exactly what the media has encouraged. Reports involving snakes are commonly misrepresented or deliberately sensationalised. Snakes are often portrayed as slimy, cold, angry sticks with teeth rather than anything resembling a living, breathing creature. This of course does little to alleviate public ophidiophobia, an irrational fear of snakes.

In fact, my first break as a wildlife presenter came about following a phone call from the BBC Natural History department regarding snakes, having seen me deliver a talk for the British Association of Science at Cardiff University.

“We’d love to shoot a documentary about adders with you,” the voice on the other end of the phone exclaimed. “We especially want to see the fangs, and the venom … just how much venom can we see from milking an adder?”

Taking a deep breath, I clarified through gritted teeth that Britain’s only venomous snake was both shy and reclusive and not at all aggressive. It was a delicate snake that could easily be injured, and it would be unethical to undertake such an exercise just for the camera. A documentary of that calibre would present adders in a poor light, and it was not a project I would want to be part of.

“Okay,” the voice replied, seemingly without hearing a word I had just uttered. “Do you know anyone else that would be interested?”

One that got away. BBC NHU/© Elizabeth White

I remember thinking that that would be the last chance I’d ever have to work for the BBC, but also feeling that I’d made the right decision. A couple of days later, though, I received another call telling me that the documentary had been poorly thought out and that a decision had been made to cancel the production. As you can imagine, I was relieved. And rather than hinder my career, my stand attracted BBC producers with better judgement, and eventually led to me presenting my own primetime BBC One wildlife series, Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol.

But while it worked out well for me in the end, the same cannot be said for the racer snake, which has already been roundly and colourfully attacked. Rather than capturing a coordinated attack from snakes hunting as a pack, the clip from Planet Earth II actually shows a number of snakes acting individually, on instinct. The time of year when these iguanas hatch is for these snakes the equivalent of Black Friday bargain hunting – it’s every snake for itself, because if they miss out here, they’ll go hungry. Collectively, the actions of these snakes can appear terrifying, but once a snake eats it loses its desire to hunt again.

Unlike mammals, snakes don’t chew their food and have no appendages with which to carve up a share of their quarry with their kin. Evolution has instead led them to consume their prey whole, digesting bones and all. As ectothermic – or cold-blooded – animals, reptiles only require around a tenth of the food intake of a similarly-sized mammal to survive. Once prey is consumed, the snake may not eat again for several weeks.

It is perhaps because snakes’ eating habits, appearance and movement is alien to us that we fear them. After all, we are most often afraid of the things we don’t understand and struggle to anticipate. Throughout history we’ve presented the snake as a symbol of evil and danger. No surprise then to witness the relief felt when the little iguana slipped through the snakes’ constricting coils and escaped to safety. But I suspect very few people gave a second thought to the plight of the snakes left hungry on the beach.

The French Riviera, And A Challenge For Chuck Norris

(THIS ARTICLE WAS NOT WRITTEN BY ME, I HAVE SEARCHED THROUGH MY NOTES AND I CAN NOT FIND THE NAME OF THE LADY WHO WROTE IT, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY THE LADY WAS FROM FRANCE. I JUST DO NOT WANT TO TAKE CREDIT FOR AN ARTICLE THAT I DID NOT WRITE. I THINK IT IS A GOOD ARTICLE, THIS IS WHY I AM REBLOGGING IT FOR YOU TO GET A CHANCE TO READ AND A CHANCE TO SEE THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES THAT SHE POSTED.)

What to do on the French Riviera: A challenge for Chuck Norris

A week to discover the French Riviera, it says you directly we were struck by the diversity of attractions tourist offer. The offer is so wide and varied that the most difficult to choose remains. Impossible for us to make a choice … So today, to write to you, it relies on the power of Chuck Norris to help us choose. But who is this famous Chuck Norris and just do it in our article on the French Riviera?

Chuck Norris is the one who can do everything, even the impossible. This is for example the kind of guy who scored twice until infinity (yes) or is one who has gained power part 4 in 3 moves. You see a few levels! In short, the US giant, actor and martial artist, seven times world champion in karate and hero of the inevitable TV series Walker, Texas store marked the spirits of a generation. And also our  😉One therefore wonders what would have made Chuck😉

So beware, the humor of this article is a real bias, it does not guarantee anything. If you find that it takes too much to … Potache, nullos or even pathos … please signify and participate in a fundraiser to fund our “humor” training. Thank you in advance😉

The landscapes between land and sea

This is the picture, we found ourselves facing a great difficulty. You know, we love the big and beautiful landscapes, both “Earth” that “Sea” and there, on the French Riviera … Dilemma! In fact, you can hike for hours in the woods of the Natural Park of the Azure Alps and was tested. It was accompanied by Christiane Ray Anezin , in an accompanying incredible mountain. Information and scientific anecdotes, she knows everything about everything and she is adorable.

 

But you can also walk around the Esterel and its red rocks and eventually dominate the seascape and beautiful shades of blue. We like both but the time is sometimes counted … What would have made Chuck Norris? While this is indisputable, it seems that if Chuck Norris is late, time had better slow down. So we decided to go back but this time accompanied by Chuck on the Coast 😉

 

The relaxation and sports activities

We were very “activity”. Could spend hours doing nothing in front of the TV (except for watching Walker Texas Ranger) and again we saw the splits of the offer in the territory.

On one side you can do the Paddle to Pampelonne  of Via Souterrata  or electric bike in Caille in the Park Moulière .

And on the other, you can also make you a spa at Antibes in the Baie des Anges hotel  with views of sick sea or even a spa in the bathroom Berthemont . And again, for sick but this time on the mountain. Little more, you pay only 18 € / person to spend the afternoon on the site and believe us, ca throws!

 

Balance sheet, it is possible to do everything but matter can block ca finances. We therefore relies on Chuck. What would he do? Resolved! More money problem if you travel with Chuck! Indeed, Monopoly Chuck Norris can buy square and jail space.Imagine then, no money problem for him 😉

The observation of animals

Side animals, it is similar. It is exhausting to have to décarcasser as to predict his vacation (pfff strongly the job;).

 

We were seduced by the Alpha Park that offers of observing wolf packs . We liked the project because, if we are profoundly against the captivity of wild animals, the origin of the idea is noble in our view. Yes the park has a covered teaching . Created to reconcile man and the wolf at a time when it was decimated by shepherds in particular, is a captive granting of space for animals (2 to 8 hectares per pack). We will advise you to go during the time of feeding to observe because, otherwise, you can not see them. A 12 € / person, it’s worth it in our opinion.

 

Another possibility not least, the Reserve Monts d’Azur . On the plebiscite thousand times. The project is crazy and brilliant at the same time. This is the story of a man, a passionate veterinarian, who hoped that the animals spend life in semi freedom to freedom. He created a reserve in Thorenc (one hour from Cannes) where you can walk you in the middle of European Bison , the deer , the wild horses accompanied.

 

You can book a safari around 20 € / person or even sleeping next to the beasts that you can see from your bedroom window. And it is even very accessible because you pay € 120 / pers for the night and it includes a safari 1:30, dinner, breakfast each morning and night in a lovely room. We did not know that such an experience was.It’s just amazing. A few days we will return to go there for sure. And this time it happens to Chuck Norris because there we had nothing to choose and we would not want misfortune happens to animals 😉

 

Hotels: From the charming delusional

  • Hotel Windsor Nice  : Really liked the place. Good location and original. Each room is decorated in a special way and the leg of the famous artist Ben is found throughout the property. We arrived after dark but it seems that there is a beautiful garden in the hotel’s center.

 

  • Berries Hotel des Anges in Antibes  : We also really enjoyed the place and for different reasons. The hotel is new, the decor is refined and the welcome is warm but the real advantage is in our view the free and unlimited access to the balneo space for hotel guests (rooms from 100 € / night). We took the opportunity! And between the hammam , the sauna , the hot tubs and heated pool , there truly means to relax. In any case we were eased … Whatever may not be enough, surely we will return. We must not neglect its good psychic being right? Say yes! say yes😉

 

The refined restaurants of the traditional

  • Chez Huguette in Caille (The Station Audibergue). Traditional mountain restaurant , it was a long time we had not both (and as) ate in a restaurant. It should also go for the atmosphere, the servers are fun archi 😉
  • The Angelus in Hotel Baie des Anges in Antibes. Here we are on a rather elaborate and refined cuisine . It’s just excellent and again, the service is great.
  • The restaurant of the hotel Pascal Allos. Returning in the traditional and it does not hurt. We love that. Beautiful plates in perspective 😉

Well now it is time to part and in conclusion, we suggest you either go with Chuck Norris to make your stay as calm as possible and then if you do not know him, invites us and we will do all we can so that your stay is at the top. It’s a good idea right?

Bob Barker Donates $1M to Send Rescued Elephants to California Sanctuary

Bob Barker Donates $1M to Send Rescued Elephants to California Sanctuary.   Folks, please take about one minute of your time to read this, it is one of those feel good articles.

 

thanks,

ted